Award celebrates partnership with International Crane Foundation

June 13, 2013

A conservation collaboration between the International Crane Foundation and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies was recognized June 12 at the UW-Madison Community-University Partnership Awards.

Students mimic crane posturing and behavior
Students mimic crane posturing
and behavior as part of the
environmental education curriculum.

The awards are sponsored by UW-Madison’s Office of Community Relations and Community Partnerships and Outreach Staff Network, with support from the Office of the Chancellor and the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

The Community-University Partnership Awards recognize the work of UW-Madison faculty, staff and students, along with community partners as they address pressing public issues in Madison and the surrounding region.

In thanking these community partners, the awards highlight exemplary partnerships that get to the heart of the Wisconsin Idea: community members and UW-Madison personnel working collaboratively to transform the campus and community for the public good.

The Nelson Institute and International Crane Foundation are developing a novel environmental education program for elementary school children in southwestern China’s Guizhou Province.

The curriculum, centered at the Cao Hai Nature Reserve, is part of the Crane Foundation's ongoing efforts to reduce conflict between residents and wildlife in the region – a critical wintering area for the endangered black-necked crane and other migratory birds.

View a full list of 2013 honorees.